There is something really nice about a cup of tea and it brings with it a lot of associations: cake, a good book, cuddling up while it is raining outside, etc. Truth, I live in a country where it is warm most of the time, but still we drink a lot of tea, both hot and cold, all year round.
When we moved into the house a year and a half ago, we started to work on the garden. Apparently it is a life-long project, because we are far from finished. None of us are particularly into gardening but still we have the hope that one day we will have a nice garden (or like the eldest puts it; when we will have nice grass like the neighbors ;-))
One of our garden successes though, is our herb corner out in front. To our big surprise it just grows and grows and grows. So actually in the last year we have not bought any tea from the store and just been using our own herbs. We were talking about it the other day and just for the fun (!) of it, I have decided to see how much we are saving in the process.
The average price for a box of a normal quality tea is somewhere around 15 Shekels (around 4 USD) and contains 25 teabags. That makes it a cost of 60 agora (15 cents) per teacup. If we drink one cup on average per day the cost is: 0.60 shekel x 365 days x 2 persons = 438 Shekels (125 USD) a year.
The plans cost me about 20 Shekels (6 USD) and there goes some water into watering but all in all it is definitely a saving. Even though it might only be some hundred shekels a year and might sound like something small and in-significant, but many small savings combined can make a big one!
And by the way, my favorite blend is half and half of Mint and Lemon Verbena with just a leave or two of Sage :-).